Honda Civic Type R - best performance cars

While the looks are an acquired taste, there's no arguing with the Honda Civic Type R's ability

Best performance cars - Honda Civic Type R

The name Type R strikes a chord with hot hatch fans across the world, and the latest Civic Type R is at the cutting edge of hot hatch tech. It doesn't seem that long ago that the last Type R was launched, and that's because it was so long in development. This time around, the Type R followed hot on the heels of the standard Civic hatchback to cash-in on sales as soon as possible.

Under the skin, the latest Civic Type R shares much with the last model. It has the same 2.0-litre turbo VTEC engine, front-wheel drive and six-speed manual gearbox, while the chassis has been honed to deliver an even sharper drive.

Honda Civic Type R review

Proof of that can be seen in the car's Nurburgring lap record, which shaved seven seconds off the time set by its predecessor.

The Civic Type R is one of the sharpest handling hot hatches on sale. With 316bhp on tap and pricing starting from around £31,500, it’s difficult to go faster for less.

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  3. Aston Martin Vantage
  4. Ferrari F8 Tributo
  5. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
  6. Alpine A110
  7. Caterham Seven
  8. BMW M5 Competition
  9. Honda Civic Type R
  10. Ford Fiesta ST

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